Ava DuVernay’s The 13th Opens New York Film Festival


Ava DuVernay’s documentary The 13th is the Opening Night selection of the 54th annual New York Film Festival. The festival take place September 30 – October 16 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The 13th is the first documentary to open the NYFF. It will then debut on Netflix and open in a limited theatrical run on October 7th.

Chronicling the history of racial inequality in the United States, The 13th examines how our country has produced the highest rate of incarceration in the world, with the majority of those imprisoned being African-American. The title of DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing film refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution—“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States . . . ” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass incarceration and the prison industry in the U.S. is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity.

Sneak Peak – HHhH

HHhH is based on the WWII French novel by Laurent Binet. 

The Weinstein Company picked up the U.S. distribution rights and the movie version is scheduled to be released later this year. It will be interesting to see if they stay with the HHhH title or change it  to something more marketable, which in turn could turn away the book fans. 

HHhH is the real life story of Reinhard Heydrich, one of Hitler’s most lethal cabinet members who was assassinated by exiled operatives. The film follows the operatives from their escape from Czechoslovakia through their assassination of Heydrich.
HHhH stands for Himmlers Hirn heisst Heydrich (Himmler’s brain is called Heydrich). Variety strategically placed the letters to form a swastika.

The movie version is directed by Cedric Jimenez and stars Jason Clarke, Rosamund Pike, Jack O’Connell, Mia Wasikowska and Jack Reynor. 

Loving Trailer

Jeff Nichol’s Loving came out of this years Cannes Film Festival as a major Oscar contender. Especially for actress Ruth Negga for her portrayal as the wife of an interracial couple in 1967.
Loving celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (portrayed by Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown. Their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, went all the way to the Supreme Court, which in 1967 reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry – and their love story has become an inspiration to couples ever since. 
Loving is set to be released November 2nd. Just in time for an Oscar campaign.

2017 Awards Season Dates

Saturday, November 12, 2016 , Governors Awards

Thursday, January 5, 2017, Nominations voting opens 

Friday, January 13, 2017, Nominations voting closes 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017, Oscar Nominations Announcement 

Saturday, January 28, 2017, Producers Guild Awards

Saturday, February 4, 2017, DGA Awards 

Monday, February 6, 2017, Oscar Nominees Luncheon

Monday, February 13, 2017, Finals voting opens 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017, Finals voting closes 

Oscar Sunday, February 26, 2017, 89th Academy Awards 

Sully Trailer Debuts



As we get closer to the Fall movie awards season, we will begin to see trailers for Oscar contenders.

Sully is the story of American pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who landed the troubled US Airways Flight 1549 full of passengers on the Hudson River on January 15, 2009.

Directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks as Sullenberger, Sully is based on the autobiography Highest Duty by Sully and Jeffrey Zaslow. It also stars Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, Anna Gunn and Autumn Reeser.

Sully  will be released in conventional and IMAX theatres on September 9, 2016.